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This has been a pretty rough year so far, but it has brought everyone closer together. Without my brothers (and Momma Bear) I wouldn’t be the person I am today. We all have our differences but at the end of the day we are a family and I wouldn’t trade a single one of my brothers for anything.

 

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So March 9th marked the day of the new Four Year Strong album titled “Enemy of the World” which is their first album since September 2007 when they released “Rise or Die Trying”. If you’re into melodic hardcore or “pop-punk with breakdowns” and you haven’t listened to FYS then you better get out there and get on it. I haven’t been this stoked on an album since A Day to Remember released their new album last year.

They released a small behind the scenes video for the album, check it out here.

header for bearsI’m not sure when it started, but I’ve grown obsessed with bears and I decided I would rank some of my favourite bears of all time. Rating each based on different aspects such as educational value, attitude and general feeling of badassery. The views in this post are strictly of the author and do not reflect those of anyone else, so I fully expect people not to agree but that is okay.

Starting from the 5th place spot,

#5 – Smokey Bear

Smokey Bear, often referred to as “Smokey the Bear” is the mascot of the United States Forest Service and created to educate children on the dangers of forest fires. Being Canadian I didn’t have a lot of direct exposure to this specific bear but his general aura of badassery commands respect!

#4 – Paddington Brown

Dating back to 1958 this well mannered,  marmalade sandwich loving, anthropomorphised bear was a staple of my childhood with his polite misadventures. An immigrant from Peru adopted by the Brown family and given the moniker Paddington because of the railway station he was found in. Since Paddington’s creation in the late 1950’s the books have been translated into 30 languages and his adventures have been shared the world over, earning him spot #4.

#3 – Baloo

The sleepy brown bear from the classic The Jungle Book is a mentor to the man-cub Mowgli through this epic tale while they encounter snakes and apes pushing forward through song and keeping Mowgli in line with corporal punishment. One of my favourite Disney characters he has been found in a few of their pictures, one of which he is the animal rendition of Robin Hood where he plays the character of Little John (it isn’t official that it is him, but we all know it is).

#2 – Yogi bear (ft. Booboo)

Apparently 1958 was the year of the bear, not only was Paddington created this year but so were these 2 bears, Yogi and Booboo. The trouble makers of Jellystone Park make sure no picnic basket is safe within it’s confines. Not only is he a badass picnic basket bandit, he has the females on lock down with his girlfriend Cindy Bear. This Hanna-Barbera produced cartoon was a part of my weekend routine for years.

#1 – Fozzie Bear

Wocka Wocka Wocka, finally we get to my favourite bear of all time, The Muppet’s own Fozzie Bear. Often the target of ridicule from the geezers in the balcony, Statler and Waldorf, and rotten tomatoes for his jokes. Playing a major role in a lot of the Muppet classics like A Muppet Family Christmas, and Muppet Treasure island he is hilarious and in my mind the best bear ever.

So I know there are a lot of bears that I didn’t bring attention to in my post, but that’s okay, if they were truly badass they don’t need validation from me. However I would like to give an honourable mention to the terrifying hairless bear (pictured below) because his look is straight up horrible.

A few months back a colleague of mine introduced me to 8tracks.com, a website dedicated to building playlists within the copyright laws on music. Each playlist must be at least 8 songs (minimum) in length, cannot contain more than 2 songs from one artist and when you’re listening to music you can’t skip more than 3 songs an hour. Once you’ve listened to the playlist before (cookie based on account based) it automatically shuffles the music. Thought I’d share some of my favourite playlists.

So this is the 2nd version of the Major Lazer video for “Keep it Goin Louder” and like some of his songs they’re a bit odd at first but they grow on you. I am now obsessed with all his songs.

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So last year I attended FITC 2009 in Toronto, Ontario and it was a great experience. My only regret was not having my laptop handy so a lot of inspiration went to waste. Being able to walk through the basement of the Hilton right downtown and see all the booths set up for schools, and companies, and numerous emerging stock image companies was a great experience, especially all the swag that we got. Beating my fellow students at guitar hero in the games room and sitting in on seminars given by some of my teachers was a different experience than sitting in on a lecture at school.

I highly recommend if you can find your way to Toronto between April 25th to 27th that you buy your ticket and check it out. Especially if you’re a recent grad or designer looking for work with their free “Get a Job” event held on Saturday, April 24th between 12 and 5pm where there are companies from all over who set up booths and you can go annoy them with your resumes and business cards.

You can check out who will be speaking at the conference at the FITC website here.

Hopefully I’ll get a chance to see everyone there!

Ever since I started getting into design I have always been intrigued by typography, but more recently I’ve been really looking into typefaces.  Subscribing to design sites on my Google reader such as Abduzeedo, Webdesigner Depot and Smashing Magazine where on a daily basis I get to see the buzz on typography, design and insight into the industry is really increasing my love for typography.

In 2007 Gary Hustwit released the documentary titled simply ‘Helvetica‘ and it goes in depth into the history of the font and shows how often you see the font without really noticing. I highly recommend that people who are interested in design to check it out.

Helvetica in Helvetica

In August of 2009 I picked up a book entitled Typeface: Classic Typography for Contemporary Design and I use it almost every week when I’m in need of inspiration for type in my design. If you’ve got a few bucks to spend or you’re looking for a good book on typography I recommend checking this out.

I started research for working in a retro style for a project I’m going to be directing so to test out some colour schemes I’ve decided to do a test image based around the word “SENSES” which is the theme of our project. I’ve had a lot of fun trying to work in a retro style so I’m looking forward to this project for the rest of the semester.

senses, retro, 80s, typeface
My main source of inspiration for this test piece was from a fellow classmate, as well as the DVNO video by Justice.

When working I like to find some good songs to keep me calm and inspire some of my work. After being exposed to John Legend from the song “Heartbreaker” by MSTRKRFT ft. John Legend I did a little more searching for some of John’s songs and I found this song which really helps me work.

I hope you enjoy his music as much as I do and you should check out John’s albums “Get Lifted”, “Once Again” and “Evolver”.

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